Football Coaching and Performance

Study options


BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, two-year accelerated
2 Years
Start date:
19 September 2022

2-year Accelerated Degree

Benefit from the full University experience, and graduate in just two years

Optional placements

Including Staffordshire FA, Junior Premier League & Stoke City FC

Specialist laboratories

Our facilities include specialist laboratories and clinics to give you hands on experience

Our two-year Football Coaching and Performance degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to gain employment in the football industry.

If you are considering a career in the football industry, perhaps have an interest in football and coaching, or have an ambition to further develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills within the sector, then our Football Coaching and Performance degree is ideal for you.

This is an accelerated degree, which is delivered over two years instead of the typical three years for an undergraduate course. The course aims to provide aspiring football coaches with the opportunity to acquire the appropriate skills and develop the specific knowledge required to gain employment in the football industry, both in the UK and internationally.

This course is delivered by a highly motivated and well-qualified team of academics, as well as expert UEFA licensed football coaches.

Staffordshire University works in close partnership with the Staffordshire F.A. to support the delivery of our accelerated (two-year) BSc Football Coaching and Performance degree. Our curriculum is supported and enhanced by the Staffordshire F.A.’s contributions of their subject specific expertise. The Staffordshire F.A. further support students by providing valuable work experience opportunities that allow our students to improve their employability, as well as giving them the chance to achieve ‘The F.A.’ coaching pathway qualifications via our own in-house Coach Education Programme.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

Work placements

The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. In 2018/19 our students visited Nippon Sport Science University in Japan and we are currently planning this years’ trip to ILEPS in Paris.

Course content

The course combines the disciplines of football coaching, FA coach education, performance and match analysis, as well as training and conditioning to enhance football players’ development and maximise their performance. The knowledge and theories developed from these disciplines will be applied to football coaching and ultimately put in to practice on the field.

You will gain insight and experience of using industry standard performance analysis software, for example Dartfish programmes, which are used within professional football clubs.

Incorporated into your study will be a work placement, which will provide you with the opportunity to gain a valuable insight in to the inner workings of a professional football club, or the development of football in the UK at a community level. Currently, placements are offered at employers including the Staffordshire FA, the Junior Premier League, and English Football League (EFL) club Stoke City FC.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance


Lecturer Ashley Gill talks you through our accelerated BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance degree.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled.

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 120 points, plus GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English or equivalent
  • A levels: ABC

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Sports Equipment

Our facilities include a vast array of industry standard equipment, from our cryotherapy and electrotherapy machines to our eye tracker software.

Learning Spaces


Once you have graduated from the Football Coaching and Performance degree, you can progress in to a wide-variety of job roles in the sector, these could possibly include: 

  • Football coaches working in a football association accredited club developing football related skills, techniques and tactics of football performers. These posts are available world-wide, not just here in the U.K. 
  • Match analysts at professional sports clubs using state of the art performance analysis software (i.e. ProZone). 
  • Strength and conditioning coach providing advice and training to performer’s who are looking to develop their sport and exercise skills. 
  • Entrepreneurs in sport and leisure, setting up your own companies delivering specific coaching services. 
  • Possible progression to a Physical Education (PE) teacher training by completing a specific post-graduate teaching course.
BSc (Hons) Football Coaching & Performance: Jack Ryan

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching & Performance: Jack Ryan


BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance graduate Jack discusses his time on the course.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management). Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Year 1

17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
83% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
83% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

Year 1

32% practical exams
56% coursework
13% written exams

Year 1

32% practical exams
56% coursework
13% written exams


You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Ashley Gill

Course Director

I have a multidisciplinary approach to sports education and aim to facilitate the learning of students to develop subject specific knowledge, and an overall understanding of sport and exercise.

Ashley's profile

Jack Bullock

Senior Lecturer

Jack is a Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education as well as an active researcher across the education sector. His main areas of interest are student experiences and teaching and learning pedagogy.


For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, two-year accelerated
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £11,100 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Sport and Exercise students visit Nippon Sport Science University, Japan

Sport and Exercise students visit Nippon Sport Science University, Japan


Discover what happened when a number of our Sport and Exercise students and staff visited the prestigious Nippon Sport Science University in Japan.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:


  • DBS checks where required for assessed modules 
  • Loan of subject related equipment where required for modules
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:


  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • National Governing Body Awards. An optional, non-credited opportunity to gain a subsidised qualification from the National Governing Body which you are strongly encouraged to take up.
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

Training with the FA's Ronnie Reason

An expert coaching session with the FA's Ronnie Reason

Coaching sessions with industry partners

Women's football at Staffordshire University

Team talk on the field.

Taking notes on performance

I feel the connections and knowledge I am gaining from this course will enable me to seriously fulfil my ambition.

This course will provide the opportunity to springboard me into education and become a PE teacher, I plan to complete my teacher training after the course. My main goal is to become a football coach within an academy and I feel the connections and knowledge I am gaining from this course will enable me to seriously fulfil my ambition.

Working in football is a very competitive environment and I believe the recognition of completing a sport related degree from Staffs Uni and the practical experience will help to make me stand out as an applicant.

Stephen Coates

Student, BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

It's a full bodied course that gives a well-rounded insight into different aspects of an elite footballing environment and provides knowledge to have an understanding of different disciplines that create more opportunities of specialism within the game. 

Jack Salvatore

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

The performance elements on the course have given me the pathway to do a Masters next year in Strength and Conditioning and broader my horizons further. Also, the lecturers on the course are extremely experienced, using their extreme wealth of knowledge to help us to develop a significant understanding in aspects that we had not encountered before starting this degree.

Jack Ryan

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

The Football Coaching & Performance course is an excellent choice if you’re looking to further your knowledge and mould yourself into the best coach possible. The structure of the course allows for opportunities to work with leading coaches in today’s game as well as having enough time to balance your life outside of university. 

Carson Pitts

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus BSc (Hons) Full-time, two-year accelerated 19 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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